7. 'Through the Wire'
Kanye West's rap career nearly ended before it began. In October 2002, just as he was plotting his first album, he crashed his Lexus in California and was horribly injured. Surgeons had to reconstruct his jaw, and it was wired shut for weeks. West refused to let this slow him down, and he started the album in this condition. The lead single, "Through the Wire," was recorded with his jaw still wired shut, and it tells the story of his ordeal. It floored the Roc-a-Fella executives and made them realize he was worthy of their attention. He's dominated the industry in the 10 years since he cut this song.